– Mary L. Dudziak, author of Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey
"Providing a valuable overview of Thurgood Marshall’s importance in twentieth-century American history, Charles Zelden tells the story of Marshall’s life and career with clear presentations of the legal and technical materials from which Marshall forged modern civil rights law."
– Mark Tushnet, co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law
"What this book does, and does remarkably well…is….synthesize a great deal of informationthis is a book that covers both the man and the many legal battles with which he was involvedinto a portrait that is sharply written, effectively organized, and impressively concise. This is no small feat. Zelden has given us an accessible and engaging introduction to Marshall and the central role he played in the legal history of the twentieth century."
-Christopher W. Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law